O'Donnell at a tailgate party before a Barbra Streisand concert, November 7, 2006
March 21, 1962
Commack, New York, United States
|Occupation||Talk show host, comedienne, actress, author|
|Spouse(s)||Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell
Michelle Rounds (m. June 9, 2012)
Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell (born March 21, 1962) is an American comedian, actress, author and television personality. She has also been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, LGBT rights activist, television producer and collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company R Family Vacations.
O'Donnell started her comedy career while still a teenager and her big break was on the talent show Star Search in 1984. A TV sitcom and a series of movies introduced her to a larger national audience and in 1996 she started hosting The Rosie O'Donnell Show which won multiple Emmy awards.
During her years on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, she wrote her first book, a memoir called Find Me and developed the nickname "Queen Of Nice" as well as a reputation for philanthropic efforts. She used the book's $3 million advance to establish her own For All Kids foundation and promoted other charity projects encouraging other celebrities on her show to also take part. O'Donnell came out, stating "I'm a dyke!" two months before finishing her talk show run, saying that her primary reason was to bring attention to gay adoption issues. O'Donnell is a foster—and adoptive—mother. Since coming out, she has continued to support many LGBT causes and issues.
In 2006, O'Donnell became a moderator on The View. O'Donnell's strong opinions resulted in several notable controversies including an on-air dispute regarding the Bush administration's policies with the Iraq War, resulting in a mutual agreement to cancel her contract. In 2007, O'Donnell released her second memoir, Celebrity Detox, which focuses on her struggles with fame and her time at The View. She continues to do charity work and remains involved with LGBT and family-related issues.
From 2009 to 2011, O'Donnell hosted Rosie Radio on Sirius XM Radio. In 2011, O'Donnell signed on with the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to return to daytime TV with The Rosie Show. The OWN Network cancelled the show due to low ratings on March 16, 2012, and the last show aired on March 29, 2012.
O'Donnell, the third of five children, was born and raised in Commack, Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of Roseann Teresa (née Murtha), a homemaker, and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer who worked in the defense industry. O'Donnell's father had immigrated from County Donegal, Ireland during his childhood, and her mother was Irish American; O'Donnell was raised Catholic. Four days before her 11th birthday, on March 17, 1973, O'Donnell's mother died of breast cancer. While she attended Commack High School, O'Donnell was voted homecoming queen, prom queen, senior class president and class clown. It was during high school that she began exploring her interest in comedy, beginning with a skit performed in front of the school in which she imitated Gilda Radner's character Roseanne Rosannadanna. After graduating in 1980, O'Donnell briefly attended Dickinson College, later transferring to Boston University, before ultimately dropping out of college.
I was 20 years old, and I was at a comedy club in Long Island. This woman came over to me and she said, I think you're funny. Can you give me your number? My dad is Ed McMahon. I was like, yeah, right. I gave her my father's phone number. I was living at home, I'm like, whatever. And about three days later, the talent booker from Star Search called and said, we're going to fly you out to L.A. [...] I won, like, five weeks in a row. And it gave me national exposure.
After this success, she moved on to television sitcoms, making her series debut as Nell Carter's neighbor on Gimme a Break! in 1986. In 1988, she joined music video station VH1's lineup of veejays. She started hosting a series for VH1, Stand-up Spotlight, a showcase for up-and-coming comedians. In 1992 she starred in Stand By Your Man, a Fox Network sitcom co-starring Melissa Gilbert. The show bombed, just as O'Donnell's movie career took off. O'Donnell made her feature film debut in A League Of Their Own alongside Tom Hanks and Madonna. Throughout her career, she has taken on an eclectic range of roles: she appeared in Sleepless in Seattle as Meg Ryan's best friend; as Betty Rubble in the live-action film adaptation of The Flintstones with John Goodman; as one of Timothy Hutton's co-stars in Beautiful Girls; as a federal agent comedically paired with Dan Aykroyd in Exit to Eden; as the voice of a tomboyish female gorilla named Terk in Disney's Tarzan; and as a baseball-loving nun in M. Night Shyamalan's Wide Awake.
The Rosie O'Donnell Show
In 1996, she began hosting a daytime talk show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show. The show proved very successful, winning multiple Emmy awards, and earning O'Donnell the title of "The Queen of Nice" for her style of light-hearted banter with her guests and interactions with the audience. As part of her playful banter with her studio audience, O'Donnell often launched koosh balls at the crowd and camera. She also professed an infatuation with Tom Cruise.
With New York City as the show's homebase, O'Donnell displayed her love of Broadway musicals and plays by having cast members as guests, encouraging the audience to see shows, premiering production numbers as well as promoting shows with ticket give-aways.
After the Columbine shootings, O'Donnell became an outspoken supporter of gun control and a major figure in the Million Mom March. During the April 19, 1999, broadcast of her talk show, she stated, "You are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun, I think you should go to prison." O'Donnell previously had remarked, "I don't personally own a gun, but if you are qualified, licensed and registered, I have no problem." In May 1999, a month after the Columbine shootings, O'Donnell interviewed Tom Selleck, who was promoting The Love Letter. O'Donnell confronted him about his recent commercial for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and challenged him about the NRA's position on the use of "assault weapons." She said at the end of the segment the conversation had "not gone the way I had hoped" and added "if you feel insulted by my questions, I apologize, because it was not a personal attack. It was meant to bring up the subject as it is in the consciousness of so many today." Around the same time, the cast from Annie Get Your Gun was to appear on the show but refused O'Donnell's request to remove the line "I can shoot a partridge with a single cartridge" from the song "Anything You Can Do" and agreed to perform "My Defenses Are Down" instead. Later in 1999, O'Donnell discontinued her contract with Kmart as their spokeswoman, as gun enthusiasts complained that she shouldn't be the spokesperson for the largest gun retailer. O'Donnell countered that Kmart sells hunting rifles, not handguns or assault weapons and does so legally which she supports. Both Kmart and O'Donnell denied publicly that Kmart had terminated the contract. In May 2000, O'Donnell's bodyguard applied for a concealed firearm permit. O'Donnell stated that the security firm contracted by Warner Brothers requested the gun. O'Donnell stated that because of threats, she and her family need protection, which she attributes to her "tough gun-control rhetoric".
After the September 11, 2001 attacks Broadway and tourism in New York City was down and many shows were in danger of closing. O'Donnell was among many in the entertainment field who encouraged viewers to visit and support the performing arts. She announced that she would donate 1 million dollars for aid in the rescue efforts and encouraged other celebrities and citizens alike to "give till it hurts". In 2002, she left her talk show. The show was then replaced by The Caroline Rhea Show, with comedienne Caroline Rhea and ran for one additional season.
In September 2006, O'Donnell replaced Meredith Vieira as a co-host and moderator of the The View, a daytime women-oriented talkshow. Star Jones, a co-host on the show, quit with some speculating Jones's conservative views would be in constant tension with O'Donnell's more liberal counterpoint. O'Donnell had also disputed Jones's route of rapid weight loss, alluding that it must have been gastric bypass surgery rather than dieting and exercise alone as Star had insisted which also fed speculation about certain tension between the two, Jones later confirmed it was surgery. As a big-name talent O'Donnell drew criticism for her opinions while keeping the show's "buzz factor up". O'Donnell is credited with helping the show be more news-focused while still embracing the "fluff" of daytime TV talkshows (celebrities, fashion and food). Despite the overall downward trend for most daytime broadcast shows, ratings rose by 27%. The show was the fourth most watched in all of daytime in the key demographic of women ages 18–49, and scored record ratings in the total viewer category with an average of 3.4 million viewers—up 15% versus the same time in 2005. O'Donnell adapted to the multi-personality forum in contrast to her anchoring her own talkshows in the past and moderated the opening "Hot Topics" portion of the show where newsworthy items were discussed. Unlike previous years, politics and taboo subjects were readily explored with O'Donnell and fellow-comic Joy Behar often giving strong opinions against former President Bush's domestic and foreign policies including the Iraq war. As a conservative counterpoint, Elisabeth Hasselbeck would support the Bush Administration's issues and the two would get into an adversarial give-and-take.
Encouraged by the show to be outspoken, O'Donnell sometimes provoked debate, one time stating "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam" or criticizing fellow TV personalities. O'Donnell, who was raised Roman Catholic was accused of "serial anti-Catholicism" and called a bigot by the Catholic League's president Bill Donohue for what he claimed "relentless and profoundly ignorant attacks on the Roman Catholic Church and its teachings."[note 1] She had compared the Republican Party's cover-up of the Mark Foley congressional page incident, where he sent sexually suggestive messages to teenaged boys who had formerly served as congressional pages, to the cover-up of child sexual abuse by Catholic Church officials who actively concealed perpetrators by moving them from parish to parish as detailed in Amy Berg's Deliver Us from Evil about abuse within the Catholic Church (Berg was a guest on the show). O'Donnell's outspokeness and spontaneousness sometimes led to her views being recirculated by other media outlets, often surprising The View co-hosts including O'Donnell. Frequently portrayed unfavorably by conservative media outlets and what she deemed as Republican pundits, O'Donnell lamented that they were focusing on her comments instead of more important national and world issues.
On December 5, 2006, O'Donnell used a series of ching chongs to imitate newscasters in China. She was criticized for her use of the term, and there was disappointment of her perceived insensitivity when she had fought for gay and lesbian rights and spoken out against homophobia. On December 14, O'Donnell apologized to "those who felt hurt" explaining that "Some people have told me it's as bad as the n-word. I was like, really? I didn't know that." O'Donnell warned that "there's a good chance I'll do something like that again, probably in the next week, not on purpose. Only 'cause it's how my brain works." Time called it a "pseudo-apology". O'Donnell later wrote in Celebrity Detox that "I wish I had been a bit more pure in my public apology."
Also in December 2006, O'Donnell criticized billionaire Donald Trump for holding a press conference to reinstate Miss USA Tara Conner, accusing him of using her scandal to "generate publicity for the Miss USA Pageant" (to which he owns the rights) by announcing he was giving her a second chance.[note 2] O'Donnell commented that due to Trump's multiple marital affairs and questionable business bankruptcies, he was not a moral authority for young people in America. She stated, "Left the first wife, had an affair. Left the second wife, had an affair – but he's the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America!" In response, Trump began a "vicious" mass media blitz in which he appeared on various television shows, either in person or by phone, threatening to sue O'Donnell (he never did). He called her names, threatened to take away her partner Kelli, and claimed that Barbara Walters regretted hiring her. Walters was stuck in the middle as a social acquaintance of Trump's, and said O'Donnell didn't feel like she defended her enough which led to what both women agreed was an unfortunate confrontation in one of the dressing rooms. "I had pain and hurt and rejection," O'Donnell said, "sometimes [my emotions] overwhelm me. Sometimes I get flooded." Walters responded that both Trump and O'Donnell are highly opinionated people and that Trump has never filed for bankruptcy, but several of his casino companies did but are now out of bankruptcy. She also denied that she was unhappy with O'Donnell, saying, "I have never regretted, nor do I now, the hiring of Rosie O'Donnell."
O'Donnell condemned many of the Bush administration's policies, especially the war in Iraq and the resulting occupation. She consistently brought up recent military deaths and news about the war, and criticized the US media for its lack of attention to these issues compared to media coverage throughout the world. This led to a series of heated exchanges with co-host Hasselbeck and conservative media recycling unfavorable comments towards O'Donnell as well as "the most-discussed moment of her professional life." On May 17, 2007, O'Donnell rhetorically asked, "655,000 Iraqi civilians dead. Who are the terrorists? ... if you were in Iraq and another country, the United States, the richest in the world, invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?" Conservative commentators criticized O'Donnell's statements saying that she was comparing American soldiers to terrorists. On May 23, 2007, a heated discussion ensued, in part, because of what O'Donnell perceived as Elisabeth Hasselbeck's unwillingness to defend O'Donnell as not against the troops with O'Donnell asking her "Do you believe I think our troops are terrorists?" Hasselbeck answered in the negative but also stated "Defend your own insinuations." O'Donnell was hurt and felt Hasselbeck had betrayed her friendship, "there's something about somebody being different on TV toward you than they are in the dressing room. It didn't really ring true for me." O'Donnell stated that Republican pundits were mischaracterising her statements and the right-wing media would portray her as a bully attacking "innocent pure Christian Elisabeth" whenever they disagreed. O'Donnell said that she knew her time on the show was over when she saw on the studio monitor that the director had made a decision to cut to a split screen effect showing her and Hasselbeck on either side. The argument was not why she left the show after that day. "I didn't want to argue for a living," she told Oprah Winfrey in an hour-long special, "I didn't come back because the director and the producer did a split screen, and they had to prepare that in advance [...] I felt there was setup egging me into that position. The executive producer and I did not gel. O'Donnell and ABC agreed to cut short her contract agreement on May 25, 2007, as a result of this issue. ABC News reported that her arguments with Hasselbeck brought the show its best ratings ever.
On the April 30, 2007, show Walters announced that O'Donnell would be listed by Time magazine as one of their 100 most influential people. On May 25, 2007, it was announced by ABC and O'Donnell that she would not stay until the end of her contract (which was supposed to end in June). "[The producers] encouraged me to speak my feelings — and I did. And some of those, at the time I spoke them, were controversial. They seem to have come more into favor." O'Donnell was named "The Most Annoying Celebrity of 2007" by a PARADE reader's poll, in response she said, "Frankly, most celebrities are annoying ... and I suppose I am the most annoying, but, whatever." In 2008, The View won an Emmy for "Outstanding Special Class Writing" for a specially themed Autism episode she helped create. Janette Barber, O'Donnell's longtime friend and producer/writer of The Rosie O'Donnell Show, accepted the award on behalf of herself and the other two winners, Christian McKiernan and Andrew Smith.
In March 2007, O'Donnell started a video blog, Jahero, on her website Rosie.com answering fans questions, giving behind the scenes information and serving as a video diary. Originally featuring only O'Donnell and her hair and make-up artist Helene Macaulay they were soon joined by her writer from The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Janette Barber. Called Jahero, which has each of their first name's letters in it, they occasionally had short cameo appearances by View co-hosts Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Barbara Walters. Jenny McCarthy appeared once briefly, as has Hasselbeck's mother-in-law and O'Donnell's mother-in-law, her wife Kelli's mother. Kathy Griffin also appeared, where she read some of the questions. It became so popular that O'Donnell and her creative team considered an "on the road" version of the video blog utilizing fan-submitted suggestions. O'Donnell was the front runner for the "best celebrity blogger" category in the 2007 Blogger's Choice Awards which she won.
O'Donnell expressed interest in replacing long-time host Bob Barker when he retired from CBS's game show The Price Is Right. Barker was a frequent guest on her talk show and told reporters that she "would make a fine host." Although it was reported he had "endorsed" her as a "possible successor", Barker said that he had no role in choosing his replacement. In June 2007, she announced on her blog it was not going to happen and noted she was reluctant to uproot her family to move to California.
In 2008, O'Donnell starred in and executive produced America, a Lifetime channel original movie in which she plays the therapist of the title character, a 16-year-old boy aging out of the foster care system. The film is based on the E.R. Frank book of the same name.
In November 2009 ,"Rosie Radio", a daily two-hour show with O'Donnell discussing news and events on Sirius XM Radio, premiered. O'Donnell said she was approached by the company after she appeared on Howard Stern's Sirius XM show. The radio show ended in June 2011.
The Rosie Show & OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
In 2011, O'Donnell began producing material for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In May 2011, The Doc Club with Rosie O'Donnell premiered, a show where O'Donnell moderates live panel discussions following premieres of OWN Documentaries. Thus far, she has hosted specials for Becoming Chaz in May 2011 and Miss Representation in October 2011.
In the fall of 2011, O'Donnell began full time work on her new show, The Rosie Show, for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The show taped at the legendary Chicago studio formerly home to The Oprah Winfrey Show. The show debuted on October 10, 2011 to generally positive reviews.
The OWN Network cancelled The Rosie Show on March 16, 2012, with the last show taped March 20, on the eve of Rosie's 50th birthday. The final show aired on OWN on March 29, 2012. In a statement, Oprah Winfrey said "I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day. As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience. I'm grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all." O'Donnell responded to the cancellation by thanking her viewers and the host city of Chicago: "I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago. I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered. It was a great year for me—I wish the show was able to attract more viewers—but it did not. So I am headed back to my home in New York—with gratitude. On we go!"
In 2000, O'Donnell partnered with the publishers of McCall's to revamp the magazine as Rosie's McCall's (or, more commonly, Rosie). The magazine was launched as a competitor to fellow talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey's monthly magazine. Rosie covered issues including breast cancer, foster care and other matters of concern to O'Donnell. In the September 2000 issue she shared that "she has struggled with depression her entire life" and decided to start medications when she realized her fears were affecting her family. With a strong start and a circulation close to 3.5 million things looked promising but the magazine stumbled as conflicts emerged between O'Donnell and the editors. The contract gave O'Donnell control over editorial process and editorial staff but veto power remained with publisher Gruner+Jahr USA. O'Donnell quit the magazine in September 2002 following a dispute over editorial control. "If I'm going to have my name and my brand on the corner of a magazine, it has to be my vision" she told People. Rosie magazine folded in 2003. In late 2003, O'Donnell and the publishers each sued the other for breach of contract. The publishers claimed that, by removing herself from the magazine's publication, she was in breach of contract. The trial received considerable press coverage. O'Donnell would often give brief press interviews outside of the courtroom responding to various allegations. Of note was a former magazine colleague and breast cancer survivor who testified that O'Donnell said to her on the phone that people who lie "get sick and they get cancer. If they keep lying, they get it again". O'Donnell apologized the next day and stated "I'm sorry I hurt her the way I did, that was not my intention." The judge dismissed the case, ruling that neither side should receive damages. In 2006, O'Donnell responded to a question on the "Ask Ro" section of her website in which she stated that she would love to do another magazine.
In 2002, O'Donnell wrote Find Me, a combination of memoir, mystery and detective story with an underlying interest in re-uniting birth mothers with their children. In addition to cataloging her childhood and early adulthood, the book delved into O'Donnell's relationship with a woman with multiple personality disorder who posed as an under-aged teen who had become pregnant by rape. The book reached number two on the New York Times bestseller list.
R Family Vacations
In 2003, O'Donnell and Carpenter partnered with travel entrepreneur Gregg Kaminsky to launch R Family Vacations catering to LGBT families, "the very first all gay and lesbian family vacation packages" where "gays and lesbians can bring their kids, their friends, and their parents." Although O'Donnell is not involved on a day-to-day basis, she does contribute to the creative aspects of "advertising and marketing materials" and initiated the idea for the company when she filled in as a last-minute replacement headliner on one of Kaminsky's Atlantis Events gay cruises and also came up with the name "R Family Vacations." On July 11, 2004, the first cruise was held with 1600 passengers including 600 children. In addition to traditional entertainment and recreational activities, the company partnered with Provincetown's Family Pride, a 25-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates for GLBT families to host discussions on "adoption, insemination, surrogacy, and everything else that would be helpful to gay parenting." All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise, a documentary film about the trip debuted on HBO on April 6, 2006, and was nominated for three Emmy Awards. Of the experience O'Donnell stated "we didn't really realize the magic that was going to take place. People who had never met another gay family met other families and it was powerful."
In late 2003, O'Donnell brought the musical Taboo to Broadway. She hired Charles Busch to re-write the book, and the story became "bitchier" and more focused on the rise to fame of the character based on Boy George. It finished on the 8th of February 2004, after about 100 performances and "mostly bad" reviews. O'Donnell described the show's production as "by far the most fulfilling experience of my career". She has stated that she intends to bring the show back to Broadway, although Scott Miller writes that people are hesitant to get involved after the "train wreck" of the original production.
Over her career, O'Donnell has developed a reputation for raising funds and her own philanthropy to charitable causes. In May 1996, Warner Books advanced O'Donnell $3 million to write a memoir. She used the money to seed her For All Kids foundation to help institute national standards for day care across the country. Her memoir, Find Me, was released in April 2002 and became the second highest on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Since 1997, Rosie's For All Kids Foundation, overseen by Elizabeth Birch, has awarded more than $22 million in Early Childhood Care and Education program grants to over 900 nonprofit organizations. On October 30, 2006, she was honored by the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. "It's our privilege to be honoring and hosting Rosie," said NYSPCC president David Stack in a statement. "Her Rosie's for All Kids Foundation has awarded more than $22 million in grants to over 1,400 child-related organizations, and that's just one of her many impressive activities on behalf of children." In November 2006 Nightline aired a video report about the opening of The Children's Plaza and Family Center in Renaissance Village, a FEMA trailer park in Louisiana. This was an emergency response initiative of Rosie's For All Kids Foundation with the help of many local nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses, all efforts were to assist the families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
San Francisco public relations firm Fineman Associates awarded top prize to Procter & Gamble Co.'s designation of O'Donnell as "unkissable" in a promotion for Scope mouthwash on the 1997 annual list of the nation's worst public relations blunders. In response to the promotion, the "unkissable" O'Donnell partnered with Warner Lambert's competitor Listerine who donated bottles of mouthwash to the studio audience and donated $1,000 to charity every time a hosted guest would kiss her in exchange for O'Donnell promoting their product. On occasion, the guests would offer multiple kisses and People reported O'Donnell "smooched her way to more than $350,000."
In 2003, O'Donnell and Kelli O'Donnell collaborated with Artistic Director Lori Klinger to create "Rosie's Broadway Kids", dedicated to providing free instruction in music and dance to New York City public schools or students. Rosie's Broadway Kids serves more than 4,500 teachers, students, and their family members at 21 schools. Currently programs are in Harlem, Midtown West, Chelsea, Lower East Side, East Village, and Chinatown. All net profits from O'Donnell's 2007 book Celebrity Detox are also being donated to Rosie's Broadway Kids.
In December 2006, at a one-night charity event on the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, Elizabeth Birch, executive director for the Rosie's For All Kids Foundation, confirmed that $50 million from O'Donnell's five-year contract were donated in an irrevocable trust to charity. She is also reported to have contributed several hundred thousand dollars for rehabilitation therapies for war veterans who have lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan wars. On The Tyra Banks Show, Banks brought up to O'Donnell that people don't realize that O'Donnell has given more than $100 million to charity. In May 2007 O'Donnell and Pogo Games announced a joint-effort to raise money for Rosie's All Kids Foundation. EA, which owns Pogo, committed $30,000 and more money can be raised based on the amount of playing time people spend on certain games. They also held a sweepstakes in which winners get to fly to New York and meet O'Donnell and attend a charity function as her guest.
During the summer of 2007, O'Donnell was a guest on the multi-artist True Colors Tour, which traveled through 15 cities in the United States and Canada. The tour, sponsored by the gay cable channel Logo, began on June 8, 2007. Hosted by comedienne Margaret Cho and headlined by Cyndi Lauper, the tour also included Debbie Harry, Erasure, The Gossip, Rufus Wainwright, The Dresden Dolls, The MisShapes, Indigo Girls, The Cliks and other special guests. Profits from the tour helped to benefit the Human Rights Campaign as well as P-FLAG and The Matthew Shepard Foundation. She appeared again on True Colors Tour 2008.
O'Donnell was a resident of Nyack, New York after the purchase in 1996 of "Pretty Penny," a Victorian river home that had previously served as the home of Helen Hayes, the American actress and "First Lady of the American Theater." O'Donnell sold the home to businessman Edward M. Kopko in 2000.
In her January 31, 2002, appearance on the sitcom Will & Grace, she played a lesbian mom. A month later as part of her act at the Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Caroline's Comedy Club O'Donnell came out as a lesbian, announcing "I'm a dyke!" "I don't know why people make such a big deal about the gay thing. ... People are confused, they're shocked, like this is a big revelation to somebody." The announcement came two months before the end of the hosting of her talk show. Although she also cited the need to put a face to gays and lesbians her primary reason was to bring attention to the gay adoption issue. O'Donnell is a foster and adoptive mother. She protested against adoption agencies, particularly in Florida, that refused adoptive rights to gay and lesbian parents. Diane Sawyer interviewed O'Donnell in a March 14, 2002, episode of PrimeTime Thursday. O'Donnell told USA Today that she chose to talk to Sawyer because she wanted an investigative piece on Florida's ban on gay adoption. She told Sawyer if that was done, "I would like to talk about my life and how (the case) pertains to me." She spoke about the two gay men in Florida who face having a foster child they raised removed from their home. State law won't let them adopt because Florida bans gay or bisexual people from adopting. O'Donnell's coming out drew criticism from some LGBT activists who cited her repeated references to being enamored of Tom Cruise on The Rosie O'Donnell Show as deceptive. She responded in her act stating, "I said I wanted him to mow my lawn and bring me a lemonade. I never said I wanted to blow him." After leaving her show and coming out, O'Donnell returned to stand-up comedy, and cut her hair. O'Donnell told the press that her haircut was meant to mimic the haircut of former Culture Club backup singer Helen Terry.
Marriage and children
On February 26, 2004, O'Donnell married Kelli Carpenter, a former Nickelodeon marketing executive, in San Francisco two weeks after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom authorized the granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her decision to go to San Francisco to marry Carpenter was seen as a show of defiance against then-President George W. Bush over his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment. She said in 2004, "We were both inspired to come here after the sitting president made the vile and hateful comments he made ... [O]ne thought ran through my mind on the plane out here – with liberty and justice for all." The couple was married by San Francisco Treasurer Susan Leal, one of the city's highest ranking lesbian officials and was serenaded by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. O'Donnell said during the trial over Rosie magazine she had decided to marry Carpenter, in part because even though they acted as spouses they legally were no closer than friends: "We applied for spousal privilege and were denied it by the state. As a result, everything that I said to Kelli, every letter that I wrote her, every e-mail, every correspondence and conversation was entered into the record ... I am now and will forever be a total proponent of gay marriage."
In mid-November 2009, O'Donnell disclosed that Carpenter had moved out of their home in 2007; a month later, O'Donnell was seen publicly with her new girlfriend, Tracy Kachtick-Anders, a Texas-based artist. In 2000 the family took in a foster child Mia (born in 1997), and announced intentions to adopt her. In 2001, the state of Florida removed Mia from their home, and O'Donnell has since worked extensively to bring an end to the Florida law prohibiting same-sex family adoption. As of 2010, O'Donnell and her family resided in Nyack, New York, a suburb of New York City that is located in Rockland County and in Miami's Star Island. O'Donnell's brother, Daniel, who is also gay, represents the Upper West Side of Manhattan as a member of the New York State Assembly.
In February 2011, O'Donnell split with her girlfriend Kachtick-Anders. A source said, "They have definitely split up, but it is very complicated because their kids are very close. They still spend a lot of time together." A representative for O'Donnell stated "Rosie and Tracy never officially lived under one roof. They have lived near one another for quite some time, and their families still socialize and they see each other frequently."
O'Donnell began dating Michelle Rounds in summer 2011. Rounds at that time was a 40-year-old executive-search consultant from New York City. On December 5, 2011, during a break in the taping of The Rosie Show, O'Donnell announced to her studio audience she and Rounds were engaged. The two married in a private ceremony in New York on June 9, 2012
O'Donnell suffered a heart attack in mid August 2012. She says an artery was 99 percent blocked and a stent was inserted. She later revealed on Twitter that, to reverse her heart disease, she would espouse the whole-foods, plant-based diet promoted by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
- Gimme a Break! NBC (cast member 1986–1987)
- Stand-Up Spotlight VH1 (1988–1991)
- Stand by Your Man Fox (1992)
- The Rosie O'Donnell Show Syndicated (1996–2002) (also producer and executive producer)
- The Twilight of the Golds Showtime (1997)
- Spin City ABC (1997) (as herself in An Affair to Remember)
- Jackie's Back! Lifetime (1999) (cameo)
- Ally McBeal Fox (1999) (as Dr. Hooper in Let's Dance)
- Third Watch NBC (2000) (as Paramedic in Officer Involved)
- Will & Grace NBC (2002) (as Bonnie in Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard)
- Judging Amy Fox (2003) (as Judge Nancy Paul in Judging Eric)
- Riding the Bus with My Sister CBS (2005 TV movie) (also executive producer)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO (2005–2011) (as herself, recurring role)
- Queer as Folk Showtime (2005) (as Loretta Pye, recurring role)
- All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise HBO (2006) (also documentary's producer and executive producer)
- The View ABC (September 5, 2006 – May 27, 2007, Moderator)
- Nip/Tuck FX (2006–2008) (as Dawn Budge, recurring role)
- Little Britain USA HBO (2008) (Series 1, Episode 1)
- Rosie Live NBC (2008) (also producer and executive producer)
- Christmas In Rockefeller Center 2008 NBC (2008)
- America Lifetime (2009) (as Dr. Maureen Brennan) (also executive producer and screenwriter)
- Drop Dead Diva Lifetime (2009–10) (as Judge Madeline Summers)
- Who Do You Think You Are? NBC (2011)
- The Doc Club with Rosie O'Donnell OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (2011)
- The Rosie Show OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (2011–2012) (also producer and executive producer)
- Web Therapy L Studio Web Series (2011) (as Maxine DeMaine) (recurring role, 4 episodes)
- Happily Divorced TV Land (2012) (as Katy O'Grady in Mother's Day)
- Bomb Girls Global TV (2013) (as Dottie Shannon in Something Fierce)
- Smash NBC (2013) (cameo in Opening Night)
- Award ceremonies:
- Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (Host) (1996–2003)
- 54th Annual Tony Awards (Host) (2000)
- 42nd Annual Grammy Awards (Host) (2000)
- Rosie Radio SIRIUS XM (2009)
- Grease (1994)
- Seussical (2001) (replacement for David Shiner)
- Pippin (2004) (World AIDS Day benefit concert)
- Fiddler on the Roof (2004) (replacement for Andrea Martin in 2005)
- No, No, Nanette (2008) (for Encores!)
- Love, Loss, and What I Wore (2009)
- A League of Their Own (1992)
- Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- Another Stakeout (1993)
- Fatal Instinct (1993)
- Car 54, Where Are You? (1994)
- I'll Do Anything (1994)
- The Flintstones (1994)
- Exit to Eden (1994)
- Frank!! (independent film) (1995)
- Now and Then (1995)
- Beautiful Girls (1995)
- Harriet the Spy (1996)
- A Very Brady Sequel (1996) (Cameo)
- Wide Awake (1998)
- Get Bruce (1999) (documentary about Bruce Vilanch)
- Tarzan (1999) (voice)
- Artists and Orphans: A True Drama (2001) (short subject) (narrator)
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) (Archive footage)
- Last Party 2000 (2001) (documentary)
- The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2005) (documentary)
- Show Business (2005) (documentary)
- Pursuit of Equality (2005) (documentary)
- All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise (2006) (documentary) (also executive producer)
- America (2009) as Dr. Maureen Brennan
- Find Me (2002)
- Celebrity Detox (2007)
- Rosie O'Donnell's Crafty U: 100 Easy Projects The Whole Family Can Enjoy All Year Long (2008)
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|2000||Another Rosie Christmas||3||45|
|2000||"Santa on the Rooftop" (w/ Trisha Yearwood)||72||A Rosie Christmas|
Nominations and awards
- 1997 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show nominated
- 1997 Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won
- 1998 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won
- 1998 Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won (tied with Oprah Winfrey)
- 1998 Outstanding Writing – Special Class, The Rosie O'Donnell Show nominated
- 1999 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won
- 1999 Outstanding Talk Show Host, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won
- 1999 Outstanding Writing – Special Class, The Rosie O'Donnell Show nominated
- 2000 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won
- 2000 Outstanding Talk Show Host, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won
- 2001 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won
- 2001 Outstanding Talk Show Host, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won (tied with Regis Philbin)
- 2002 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won
- 2002 Outstanding Talk Show Host, The Rosie O'Donnell Show won
- 2007 Outstanding Talk Show Host, Rosie O'Donnell, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, The View nominated
- 1995 Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, Rosie O'Donnell (stand-up comedy special) nominated
- 1996 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, The Larry Sanders Show nominated
- 1999 Outstanding Children's Program, Kids Are Punny nominated
- 1999 Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, 52nd Annual Tony Awards won
- 2006 Outstanding Nonfiction Special, All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise nominated
- 2000 Hall of Fame Award
- 2002 Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.
- On the 24 February 2003 episode of Phil Donahue's talk show O'Donnell referred to the "pedophile scandal" in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston resulting in $157 million awarded to 983 claimants,("Statement of the Archdiocese of Boston and Boston College on sale of part of Brighton campus". The Boston Globe. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2007-11-25.), (Cindy Wooden in Rome and Ellie Hidalgo in Los Angeles (2007). "The Catholic Church and Sexual Abuse by Priests: L.A. Archdiocese Reaches Agreement with More Than 500 Abuse Claimants". Catholic News Service. Retrieved 2008-01-31.), (Gilgoff, Dan (2003-09-14). "A Settlement In Boston: The Archdiocese Agrees to a Record $85 Million. Will others follow?". US News & World Report. Retrieved 2007-11-25., Paulson, Michael (2004-04-21). "Diocesan headquarters sold to BC: Brighton land nets $107.4m". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-11-25., Owen, Richard (2008-01-08). "Prayers To Cleanse Church of Pedophiles". The Australian. Retrieved 2007-11-25. stating "I hope the Catholic Church gets sued until the end of time. Maybe, you know, we can melt down some of the gold toilets in the Pope's Vatican and pay off some of the lawsuits because, the whole tenet of living a Christ-like life, has been lost in Catholicism."(Scheiderer, Tim (2007-04-25). "ABC Is Proud of Anti-Christian Bigot Rosie O'Donnell, Hopes To Have Her Back as Guest Host". Media Research Center. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
On The View O'Donnell joked about communion rituals alongside co-host Behar's drunk priest comments.("'Scarborough Country' for October 2". MSNBC. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2007-11-25.) On 2 October 2006 she compared the Republican Party cover-up of the Mark Foley scandal to the cover-up of child sexual abuse by Catholic Church officials who actively concealed perpetrators by moving them from parish to parish as detailed in Amy Berg's Deliver Us from Evil about the abuse within the Catholic Church (Berg was a guest on the show).(Thomson, Desson (2006-11-10). "An Unassuming Face of 'Evil'". Washington Post.), (Stein, Ruthe (2006-10-27). "The bitter wake of a pedophile protected by the church". San Francisco Chronicle.) O'Donnell said "the most interesting thing about Deliver Us from Evil (is) that the person who was in charge of investigating all the allegations of pedophilia in the Catholic Church from the 1980s until just recently was guess who? The current Pope."(Doward, Jamie (2005-04-24). "Pope 'Obstructed' Sex Abuse Inquiry: Confidential Letter Reveals Ratzinger Ordered Bishops to Keep Allegations Secret". London: Guardian Observer. Retrieved 2008-01-31.), ("'Scarborough Country' for October 2". MSNBC. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2007-11-25. Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) was the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from November 1981 to April 2005, responsibility to investigate sexual abuse of minors by priests only started in 2001 and he has denounced the abuse since.( Jamie Doward, "The Pope, The Letter and the Child Sex Claim," The Guardian, April 24, 2005.), ("Vatican 'Protecting Paedophile Priests'". BBC News. 2002-10-18. Retrieved 2008-01-31.), (Doward, Jamie (2002-03-21). "Pope Denounces 'Evil' Sex Priests". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-01-31.) On April 19, 2007 the all-woman panel on The View discussed the Supreme Court of the United States ruling on Gonzales v. Carhart decision upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. O'Donnell cited a Florynce Kennedy quote, "If men could get pregnant abortion would be a sacrament" and asked rhetorically "How many Supreme Court judges are Catholic?" and "[H]ow about separation of church and state?" Some conservatives called her statements "anti-Catholic bigotry" and suggested that such statements against other religions would not be tolerated.(Abortion Ruling Sparks a Backlash for Catholic Justices: Observers Raise Questions about Justices' Catholic Faith After the Supreme Court's Upholding of Late-Term Abortion Curbs ABC News), (Zagano, Phyllis "Abortion debate brings anti – Catholicism into focus" The Kansas City Star April 27, 2007.), (Reinhard, David 'How many Supreme Court judges are Catholic?' The Partial-Birth Ban and Prejudice, The Oregonian p. B06, May 3, 2007 (editorial).
- Conner had violated pageant guidelines by clubbing and drinking underage, as well as having "wild nights" and alleged sexual liaisons (including kissing and "dirty dancing") with Katie Blair, Miss Teen USA, in public, yet was allowed to keep her crown on condition that she enter drug rehabilitation.(Grossberg, Josh (2007-06-20). "Trump Wants His MTV". E! Online. Retrieved 2011-03-16.), (Lauer, Matt (2007-02-03). "Confessions of a beauty queen". MSNBC. Retrieved 2007-07-08.)
- She has no middle name, as stated on her "Inside the Actors Studio" appearance, and in the book biography – "^ Parish, James Robert (1998). Rosie: The Rosie O'Donnell Story. Carroll & Graf, pg. 13. ISBN 0-7867-0542-6."
- 20/20 Interview with Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell
- Daily Mail Reporter (2012-03-20). "Rosie O'Donnell celebrates 50th birthday in Chicago bar ... as she prepares to tape her final show for OWN". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- "Rosie, coy on TV, 'comes out' on stage". USA Today, Jeannie Williams. 2002-02-27. Retrieved 2007-05-30.
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- "Rosie O'Donnell". People.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- Rosie O'Donnell Biography (1962–)
- Parish, James Robert (January 1998). Rosie: The Rosie O'Donnell Story. Carroll & Graf. p. 12. ISBN 0-7867-0542-6.
- Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2005
- Rosie O'Donnell Biography, Biography.com
- Rosie O'Donnell; People.com
- Rosie O'Donnell profile, E! Online
- "Highlights of Interviews With Rosie O'Donnell", CNN Larry King Weekend, March 16, 2002.
- "Balls & Spheres", TV Acres
- Paulson, Amy (2000-05-08). "'Million Mom March' organizers hope to spur congressional action on gun legislation". CNN. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- Dougherty, Jon (2000-05-11). "Clinton friend leads Million Mom March". World Net Daily. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- Kopel, Dave; Paul Gallant & Joanne Eisen (2002-01-24). "Her Own Bodyguard". National Review. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- Silverman, Stephen (1998-09-11). "A Bodyguard for Rosie's Kid". People. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
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- "Transcript of Tom Selleck & Rosie O'Donnell's NRA Discussion". JLRweb. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
- "Report: Lyrics Riled Rosie". People. 1999-03-01. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- New York Daily News, November 19, 1999 "Rosie Sticks to Her Guns By Unloading Kmart Gig" by Mitchell Fink
- J.A., Johnson Jr. (2000-05-25). "Rosie's Bodyguard Applies for Gun Permit". The Stamford Advocate. Retrieved 2007-06-16.
- "The Future of The View" TV Guide, June 3, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-06-05.
- "TV Review: The View – EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. 2007-03-02.
- O'Donnell brings big ratings to 'The View' Daytime talk show nabs best-ever November sweeps. Variety website. Accessed on May 29, 2007.
- "Out Of 'View' After A Year Of Fireworks, Rambling Rosie's Hanging Up Her Coffee Cup" Chicago Tribune, April 26, 2007, p. 40 (paid content)
- Tokyo Rosie, Investor's Business Daily; April 2, 2007, p. A18 (opinion piece)[dead link]
- Thomson, Desson (2006-11-10). "An Unassuming Face of 'Evil'". Washington Post.
- Stein, Ruthe (2006-10-27). "The bitter wake of a pedophile protected by the church". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Stanley, Alessandra (2007-04-27). "The Drama of Daytime: Friendships, Feuds and Fury: Regis Philbin is back. Rosie O'Donnell is leaving.". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
- Martin, Ed (2007-03-29). "Rosie O'Donnell Says Viewers Should Look Outside the U.S. for Their News: In Her Latest Debate on The View, Rosie O'Donnell Comes Down on American Media Companies". Media Village. Archived from the original on December 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
- "Hot Topics", The View, December 4, 2006.
- "Hot Topics", The View, May 23, 2007.
- Chung, L.A. (16 December 2006). "'Ching-chong' joke spreads ignorance". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- Steinberg, Jacques (April 25, 2007). "Rosie O'Donnell Says She Will Say Goodbye to 'The View' in June". The New York Times. Retrieved March 15, 2007.
- Astudillo, Rene M. (December 8, 2006). "AAJA Responds to Rosie O'Donnell's Offensive Mimic". Asian American Journalists Association. Retrieved August 28, 2010. "We feel strongly that it is our responsibility to call attention to what we consider a mockery of the Chinese language and, in effect, a perpetuation of stereotypes of Asian Americans as foreigners or second-class citizens."
- Ono, Kent A.; Pham, Vincent (2008). Asian Americans and the Media. Polity. pp. 104–107. ISBN 978-0-7456-4273-4. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Kelly, Liz (April 25, 2007). "Timeline: A Brief Compendium of Rosie Quotes". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- Hua, Vanessa (December 15, 2006). "O'Donnell apologizes for Chinese parody / But comedian warns she is likely to spoof languages again". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 28, 2010. "Spoofing a language belittles the people who speak it, her critics said. It also was disappointing to hear such insensitivity from O'Donnell, who has championed gay and lesbian rights and attacked others for being homophobic, they said."
- Bershad, John (January 19, 2011). "Will Limbaugh Be Held To The Same Standard As Rosie O’Donnell For Impersonating Chinese?". Mediaite.com (Mediaite, LLC). Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- Bonisteel, Sara (11 December 2006). "Asian Leaders Angered by Rosie O'Donnell's 'Ching Chong' Comments". Fox News. Retrieved 28 August 2010. ""The View" co-host is in hot water for using the expression "ching chong" to describe Chinese people talking about Danny DeVito's drunken appearance on her show."
- Silverman, Stephen M. (14 December 2006). "Rosie Apologizes for Asian Joke on The View". People. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- "Apologies: a Great Tradition". Time.com. 2007-04-10. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- O'Donnell, Rosie (2007). Celebrity Detox: (The Fame Game). Grand Central Publishing. pp. 130–133. ISBN 978-0-446-58224-7. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Grossberg, Josh (2007-06-20). "Trump Wants His MTV". E! Online. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
- "Trump, O'Donnell trade blows". Herald Sun. 2006-12-23. Retrieved 2007-07-08.
- Ryan, Maureen (2007-04-27). "Rosie O'Donnell bids adieu to 'The View'". Chicago tribune. Archived from the original on 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
- Q-Notes Online
- Silverman, Stephen (2007-01-03). "Barbara Walters: I Don't Regret Hiring Rosie". People (magazine). Retrieved 2007-07-13.
- Rosie O'Donnell on Life, Love and Family, The Oprah Winfrey Show, January 25, 2010.
- O'Donnell, Rosie (2008-02-04). "Burned Up and Burned Out by Politics". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
- "'Scarborough Country' for May 17". MSNBC. 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2007-08-23. (Transcript)
- Brian Orloff, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O'Donnell Square Off, People May 23, 2007.
- "Rosie O'Donnell VS Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View 5/23/07". YouTube. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
- Nancy, Grace (2007-05-25). "Rosie and "The View"; Stealing from a Charity Benefit". CNN. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
- Olbermann, Keith (2007-05-24). "Countdown with Keith Olbermann for May 23". CNN. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
- ABC Eyewitness News; May 28, 2007.
- "The Time 100". Time. 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- Freydkin, Donna (November 27, 2008). "Rosie O'Donnell is ready to 'Live' a little on variety show". USA Today. Retrieved March 16, 2011..
- Rosie Responds to 'Most Annoying' Title – AOL News
- The Emmy Awards – Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards – Creative Winners
- YouTube – The View Writers Win 2008 Emmy Award!
- "Rosie's "View" Review: Too Bad It's Beige". TMZ. 2007-09-05. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
- Matheson, Whitney (2007-04-26). "Pop Candy: As if you don't read enough blogs ...". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
- Massey, Liz (June 18, 2007). "Barker Says O'Donnell Could Replace Him". todaysthv.com. Associated Press. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- "Barker: Remarks not a Rosie endorsement". CBSNews.com. Associated Press. 2007-06-20. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Rosie O'Donnell Is Coming to America" TV Guide. October 22, 2008. Retrieved on October 22, 2008.
- Isherwood, Charles (2009-10-02). "Spandex Agonistes: Why Don't You Try It On?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
- Adam bryant (25 June 2009). "Rosie to launch radio show". TV Guide Online. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
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- Cancer survivor: Rosie O'Donnell told her liars 'get cancer'
- Prono, Luca (2008). Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture. ABC-CLIO. pp. 205–. ISBN 9780313335990. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
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- Williams, Bradley David (May 2004). "Families, Ahoy!". Out Smart Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-06-21.
- Wieder, Judy (2003). "R We Ready for R Family Vacations?". Out Traveler. Retrieved 2007-06-21. (Fall issue)
- Miller, Scott (2011-10-11). Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Musicals. UPNE. pp. 405–. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- Shirley, Don (2004-01-15). "A $10-million Broadway flop for O'Donnell". L.A. Times.
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- New York State Assembly – Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell – 69th Assembly District
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